Leasing spaces faster and increasing returns

Nicole Langton of LAUNCH talks about how to offer effective project management services and creative marketing strategies

Leasing spaces faster and increasing returnsNicole Langton is principal and launch commander of LAUNCH: Commercial Space Marketing. What is LAUNCH Commercial Space Marketing and what does it do? Langton: LAUNCH is a commercial space marketing firm that works with building owners, landlords, brokers and their leasing teams to offer effective project management services and creative marketing strategies and materials to…

Calgary Economic Development appoints Joe Lougheed as new chair

Organization launches new campaign to attract tech talent to the city as it introduces eight new board members

Calgary Economic Development appoints Joe Lougheed as new chairCalgary Economic Development has appointed eight new people to its board of directors, including prominent Calgary lawyer Joe Lougheed as its chair. And the organization has launched a new campaign to attract tech talent to the city. The other directors appointed to three-year terms on the volunteer board are: David Duckworth, city manager, City of…

Breaking down barriers to create a craft beer revolution

Graham Sherman talks about the extraordinary measures Tool Shed Brewing took to change the Alberta beer landscape and the great future he sees for the industry

Breaking down barriers to create a craft beer revolutionGraham Sherman is co-founder of Tool Shed Brewing Co. Tell me about Tool Shed's history and how it started? Sherman: That’s a crazy story! In my former life, I used to be in the IT world working on satellite communication projects for government and military customers throughout Afghanistan. I lived there on and off from…

Calgary downtown office vacancy rate on the rise

Lack of new capital in the oil and gas industry continues to limit growth, says CBRE

Calgary downtown office vacancy rate on the riseLack of new capital in the oil and gas industry continues to limit growth in Calgary’s struggling downtown office market, says commercial real estate firm CBRE. The company’s latest report says the Calgary downtown office market experienced 192,548 square feet of negative net absorption (the change in occupied space) in the third quarter. That follows…

Making IT easy and approachable for users

Shawn Freeman talks about how slowing economies are a catalyst for innovation and how TWT Group can help

Making IT easy and approachable for usersShawn Freeman is founder and CEO of TWT Group Inc.  What is TWT and what do you do? Freeman: TWT Group is one of the fastest growing managed IT service companies in Calgary. We work with small to medium-sized businesses of all types, focusing our efforts on strategic planning of their business technology needs. We…

A retreat oasis in the heart of Calgary

Denise DeNeve talks about how the FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre caters to the local community, and national and international groups

A retreat oasis in the heart of CalgaryDenise DeNeve is director of the FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre in Calgary. Can you explain what the FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre is? DeNeve: The FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre as stated in our mission statement is a “Centre of Hospitality and Hope Where God can be Experienced in a Changing World.” It’s a…

Calgary’s Galleria Inglewood a handcrafted business success story

Susan Copley of Galleria Inglewood has built lasting relationships with Canadian artists and a loyal clientele

Calgary’s Galleria Inglewood a handcrafted business success storySusan Copley is owner of Galleria Inglewood. What is Galleria and what does it offer? Copley: Galleria provides a venue for local and Canadian artists, potters and fine handcrafters to display and sell their handmade products. I sell their work on a consignment basis, so the artisan deserves and gets the larger portion of each…

Dave Rutherford still has plenty to say

Four years after retiring from talk radio, he has things to tell you about the state of the Canada, Alberta and Calgary. And he has a new YouTube show to get you up to date

Dave Rutherford still has plenty to sayDave Rutherford is a longtime broadcast journalist and commentator in Calgary. What are you up to? Rutherford: It's been four years since I was on the radio full time and I'm not going to lie, it has been a difficult transition into retirement. A year or so after leaving the airwaves, the NDP was elected…

Virtual assistant is there only when you need it

Lana Midgley of Mountain Chickadee, Virtual Assistant Solutions, talks about finding a work niche that suits her and fulfils a need for customers

Virtual assistant is there only when you need itLana Midgley is owner of Mountain Chickadee, Virtual Assistant Solutions. What is Mountain Chickadee and what does it do? Midgley: Mountain Chickadee is a virtual assistant company that provides remote administrative solutions to a wide variety of organizations that require support but not on a full-time basis; and organizations that need additional support for special…

Spruce Meadows lays out ambitious long-term vision

Spruce Meadows lays out ambitious long-term visionThe sprawling Spruce Meadows equestrian site has grandiose plans for the future, which could include a 12,000-seat stadium, an indoor field house and a boutique hotel. It’s all part of the facility’s 30-year area structure plan that received first reading at a recent Foothills County council meeting. “We author one every decade to try to…